There’s no doubt that if you want to earn some extra money, becoming a VA is one of the best ways to do it. There are so many tasks that bloggers and online business owners need done it’s just a matter of figuring out what you would most enjoy doing.
If you want to find a niche that’s got a lot of demand, consider becoming a Pinterest virtual assistant. Pinterest is hot, and anyone who is serious about growing their online presence will want some help to grow their Pinterest account. More than 150 million people are using this social media platform to not only search for information, but for products to purchase. Why wouldn’t a business owner hire someone who has the skills to help them reach this audience?
What You Would Do as a Pinterest Virtual Assistant
One of the things you’ll be doing is take over most or all aspects of your client’s Pinterest account. That means creating images that are “pinworthy”, or ones that will entice users of the platform to click over to your client’s website. Most VAs will create more than one image per blog post.
You’ll also be writing pin descriptions, basically anything to help drive traffic to that post. You’ll be writing SEO friendly descriptions and writing in a way that encourages people to repin or click over to the website.
Of course, it doesn’t end there! Depending on what your clients prefer (or are willing to pay), you’ll be scheduling pins in a scheduler tool like Tailwind or Boardbooster. You’ll be scheduling their pins, pinning others (ones that are related to your client’s niche or boards), and finding group boards to apply to.
If you’re willing to do all of that and consider yourself pretty skilled at it, you can brand yourself as a Pinterest Manager. This type of VA will do all of the above tasks plus help clients set up their Pinterest business account, including creating new boards, branding the account (like creating cover images for each board), track analytics, help create promoted pin campaigns, and advise on how to optimize existing pins.
Depending on what you want to do, you can do basic services and move up to completely managing someone’s account.
How Much You Can Charge
Charging really depends on what tasks you’re doing. Of course, the more you do and have experience to back up your claims, the more you can charge.
Most VAs start by charging per hour. If you do that, it can be anywhere from $15 per hour for basic tasks to $75 per hour if you’re a Pinterest manager.
The important thing is that you may want to charge according to our experience. As you build up your client base (and get a few testimonials), you can increase your rates.
Some people also charge a monthly retainer fee. If you go this route, you can charge your fees by estimating how many hours you’ll work and creating a flat rate based on that. Some like to have package services. It might be a good idea to do a quick search to see what other VAs are charging and using that to help you.
Where to Find Clients
Finding clients shouldn’t be that hard. You can start by approaching friends or family to see if there is anyone they know that would benefit from having a Pinterest VA.If not, start by looking at existing blogs and their Pinterest accounts to see if they need a makeover for their account. Don’t be afraid to send a short email asking them if they need help and even a few suggestions on how to improve their Pinterest account.
That’s it! Hopefully these tips will help you kickstart your career as a Pinterest VA.